SOCIAL STUDIES MAJOR

What is Social Studies?

Social Studies is a core component of any liberal arts curriculum. The Social Studies major comprises three concentrations – history, political science, and anthropology-sociology. It seeks to give students a deeper understanding of the social, political, and cultural environment in which they live, and to liberate them from being bound to their immediate milieu. Students majoring in Social Studies receive training in a wide range of job-relevant skills, including analytic reading, writing, logical thinking, data gathering, presentation, discussion, and group work. However, the main purpose of the Social Studies major is not to train students in technical skills. It is rather to encourage students to reflect upon the customs, principles, institutions, and values which inform the societies they live in, and to contribute to their betterment. Students majoring in Social Studies are required to choose a primary field and a secondary field from the three concentrations available within the major. Major courses build systematically, from introductory lectures to advanced, small-sized seminars. The curriculum emphasizes fostering intellectual curiosity, encouraging independent research, and exposure to a variety of perspectives.


Social Studies Students

In the Social Studies major, you will meet a diverse and interesting group of students from around the world, and with a variety of interests. The diversity of both the student body and the Faculty members contributes to a stimulating educational environment, which is particularly valuable in class discussions.  Students majoring in Social Studies find jobs in companies in a variety of industries, in government agencies, NGOs, and in educational institutions. Social Studies students are valued for their language skills, research skills, people skills, and multicultural sensibilities. In addition, some students go on to graduate study at leading universities around the world.

Social Studies Faculty

The Social Studies major boasts a highly dedicated group of first-rate professors with diverse backgrounds. All fulltime Faculty members hold PhDs from leading universities around the world, and are highly active researchers in their fields. We invite you to come along for an intellectual journey that is as fun as it is eye-opening.

Course Lists

To see course descriptions, please click the link below,
which will take you the Syllabus Inquiry page on Loyola.
Anthropology and Sociology
Courses NoTitle2015 Semester Offered
ANT202INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGYAutumn
ANT220ANTHROPOLOGY OF JAPANSpring
ANT230CULTURE AND IDENTITYAutumn
ANT309JAPAN RESEARCHNot Offered
ANT310RESEARCH METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOGYSpring
ANT315ETHNOGRAPHY 1Not Offered
ANT316ETHNOGRAPHY 2Autumn
ANT317FIELD METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYNot Offered
ANT363ANTHROPOLOGY AND MOD.SOCIETYAutumn
ANT365KOREAN STUDIES: NORTH AND SOUTHSpring
ANT447ANTHROPOLOGY PRACTICUM 1Spring
ANT448ANTHROPOLOGY PRACTICUM 2Not Offered
ANT461NATURE AND SOCIETYSpring
ANT462ADVANCED READINGS IN ANTHROPOLOGYAutumn
SOC201INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGYSpring
SOC210INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL THEORYAutumn
SOC225INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE SOCIETYSpring
SOC310SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURESpring
SOC312INTROCUDTION TO FIELD RESEARCHAutumn
SOC315SURVEY METHODSAutumn
SOC316QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODSSpring
SOC330SOCIETY AND POLITICSNot Offered
SOC337POPULATION AND SOCIETYAutumn
SOC439SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND GENDERAutumn
SOC448SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMIC LIFESpring
SOC470SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND AGINGSpring
History
Courses NoTitle2015 Semester Offered
HST251DEVELOPMENT OF JAPANESE CIVILIZATION 1Not Offered
HST252DEVELOPMENT OF JAPANESE CIVILIZATION 2Not Offered
HST261HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVILIZATIONSpring
HST302TOPICS IN HISTORY 1Spring
HST303TOPICS IN HISTORY 2Not Offered
HST352WOMEN IN JAPANESE HISTORYSpring
HST353MODERN JAPANAutumn
HST354HISTORY OF JAPANESE FOREIGN RELATIONSNot Offered
HST367CHINESE CULTURAL HISTORYAutumn
HST371GLOBAL HISTORYSpring
HST445RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN JAPANSpring
HST453SEM IN MODERN JAPANESE HISTORY 1Not Offered
HST454SEMINAR IN JAPANESE HISTORYNot Offered
HST463ISSUES IN CHINESE HISTORYNot Offered
HST465SEMINAR IN MODERN EAST ASIAN HISTORYNot Offered
HST466MODERN KOREAN HISTORYAutumn
HST471THE EURO-ASIAN ENCOUNTERSpring
HST473ISSUES IN EAST ASIAN HISTORYAutumn
Political Science
Courses NoTitle2015 Semester Offered
POL201THEORIES AND THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICSAutumn
POL205INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSSpring
POL210INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS IAutumn
POL215CONTROVERSIES IN GLOBALIZATIONSpring
POL301CLASSICAL WEST POLITICAL THEORYNot Offered
POL305MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THEORYAutumn
POL310EUROPEAN POLITICSAutumn
POL316NONPROFIT NGOS IN COMPARATIVE CONTEXTSAutumn
POL321JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICSNot Offered
POL341SOUTHEAST ASIAN POLITICSSpring
POL354GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMYNot Offered
POL355ENVIRONMENT POLITICS OF AGRICULTUREAutumn
POL376REGIONAL SECURITY IN NORTHEAST ASIASpring
POL405SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCEAutumn
POL407AGRARIAN SOCIETIESNot Offered
POL408POLITICAL LEADERSHIPSpring
POL414NATIONALISM, CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY IN JAPANNot Offered
POL422COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRASIESNot Offered
POL427INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORYAutumn
POL429INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONSAutumn
POL441POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT Not Offered
POL460COMPALATIVE POLITICS OF POST-COMMUNIST STATESNot Offered